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Breaking Free From Your Lunch Break

Humans need to keep moving to stay healthy. We weren’t designed to sit in front of a screen for 8+ hours each day–and studies have shown how damaging it is, not just to our posture, but to stress levels and emotional wellbeing! Many modern office spaces see their ‘break-out space’ as a critical factor in […]

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Outdoor Co-Working Space? Tell Me More!

With stress, depression and a raft of mental health issues accounting for almost 14 million days of lost work in the UK last year, increased support of employee wellbeing in the workplace has never been greater. As office spaces encourage more natural light and airflow – thankfully, heading away from traditional, cubical styled, fluorescent-lit offices–we […]

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A LESSON FROM THE ANCIENT GREEKS: BALANCING BAD ACOUSTICS

Considered pioneers of acoustics and sound travel, the Ancient Greeks used their in-depth knowledge when designing the stunning amphitheatres that still stand today. It’s a shame their designers aren’t still working, as some contemporary spaces will overlook acoustics, as it’s often viewed as a ‘cost option’. However, excellent acoustics don’t need to be expensive, especially […]

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Facilities Management: The Lifeblood Of Great Workplace Design’

As workplace technology evolves, so as does the role of Facilities Management. Rewind to 2010, the term ‘co-working’ – where different companies operate within the same workspace – began to circulate. Since then, its impact on the FM industry has been significant. As we celebrate World Facilities Management day, where does the future of FM lie? The […]

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BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

“There is no greater designer than nature.” This beautiful quote from British designer Alexander McQueen is now more relevant than ever, as we come to realise how the time spent in solace but surrounded by nature, can feed our creativity. It has the power to remind us of what is truly important.  – and when […]

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AS OF NOW, THE CLEVER MONEY IS IN SMART OFFICES

If your office has a thermostat, smoke alarm or movement-sensitive – whether you know it or not – it’s a ‘smart’ office.  Which is to say your office has automated, programmable devices that function without input.   In the last ten years however, the definition of a smart building has expanded exponentially.  Whilst not quite […]

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BUSINESS PREMISES ARE BRAND EXTENSIONS – MAKE YOURS SPECIAL!

A commercial building is more than a place of work.  To owner occupiers it is, of course, a financial asset, but what is less generally recognised is that it is a brand extension of your business or organisation.   Think for example of the Prudential building in Holborn, solid Victorian Gothic in all its magnificence.  […]

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CONVERSIONS CONFER CHARACTER – ARE YOU READY FOR A MAKEOVER?

Do you remember Through the Keyhole, the TV game show?  In it David Frost/Loyd Grossman hosted a guided tour of a celebrity’s house, after which a panel of other celebrities were invited to guess whose home it was.  I just mention it to illustrate the point that a home reflects the personality of its owner.  […]

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LET THERE BE LIGHT! – BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN

Caves may have been the Stone Age equivalent of affordable housing – they were, after all, ‘ready-made’ – but man is not by nature a cave dweller.  His preferred habitat is more like the Garden of Eden – light, airy, green and spacious. During the summer months I live almost exclusively in my conservatory or […]

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CONSERVATION OR DESECRATION? THE REMAKING OF LONDON LANDMARKS

When it comes to architecture, are you a modernist or a traditionalist?  Do you side with Norman Foster, creator of London’s ‘Gherkin’, the headquarters of the Swiss Re insurance company, or Prince Charles, the squire of Poundbury, the classically styled model town in Dorset? The latest battle in the war between modernists and traditionalists is […]

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